The activities and excursions were really interesting. The guide knows so much about history. It's amazing! I loved the opportunity to see different places here in England.

- Dina Weiersmuller, Switzerland
Special Group Programme

Lake School of English: Home > Before You Arrive > FAQs


Here are some questions that students often ask us.

Do you speak my language?
We speak Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Turkish.

Can I study part-time?
Yes, on our Semi-Intensive General English courses, you study for 15 hours in the mornings. You can work (if this is not prohibited in your passport or by the terms of your visa), do self-study or have free time in the afternoons. If you would like to study for fewer hours, we can arrange Individual Tuition.
>> more about Semi-Intensive courses

Can I take an exam?
Yes. You can take IELTS or Cambridge exams in Oxford. If you are studying for 4 weeks or longer (not in July or August) and your level is CFER B1 or above, please contact us to check availability and options for exam preparation. It's best to decide which exam when you are in Oxford, so the Director of Studies and your class teacher can help and advise you.
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Do I need to take a test before I start the course?
Yes, except course participants on a Professional Development Course. The placement test includes grammar, vocabulary, writing and a spoken interview. You then join a class at your level of English. >>more about your first day

Can I change my host accommodation?
It is important that you enjoy your experience and that you feel "at home" with your host. Students very rarely ask us if they can change/leave their accommodation. Please come to the office to talk about your request with the Accommodation and Welfare Manager.
It may be possible to change, however we must give your current host at least one week's notice (except in the case of an emergency), if you do not, you must pay one week's accommodation fees.
>> more about homestay accommodation

Can I rent a flat in Oxford?
Yes. However, we do not arrange this type of accommodation for you. You must book and pay for it yourself. Moreover, it is expensive and may not include gas, electricity, water, local taxes or WiFi. Private rented accommodation is only recommended for students aged 18+ Most of our students choose homestay, because this helps them to improve their English more quickly and to learn about the British way of life.
>> more about self-catering accommodation

Who can I contact in an emergency?
We are available 24 hours a day, including holidays and weekends. You can reach us during office hours, Monday - Friday on +44 (0) 1865 724312. Our emergency phone number is +44 (0)7711 702470. This number is also shown on your Student identity Card and Student Folder. 
>> more about student services

Do you have free WiFi?
Yes. You can use our computers, printer or WiFi free of charge
>> more about school facilities

Do I have to pay for materials in class?
No, all study materials are provided and you will receive 1 year's free subscription to our e-Learning Centre. However, you will need to bring a notebook to write in. It's a good idea to bring a smartphone or tablet or laptop with you too, so that you can use the e-Learning centre when you are not in school. 
>> more about what's included

How many students of my nationality will there be?
In 2018, we taught nearly 900 hundred students from 46 different countries. In school, at any one time, we usually have around 15 different nationalities. 
>> more about student life

Can I get a part-time job?
At present, students who are from the EU/EEA or Switzerland can work in the UK. In Oxford, there are lots of opportunities for temporary jobs and the Lake School, we can arrange an interview for you at a local employment agency if you wish.
However, if you have a visa to enter the UK, depending on the type of visa you have, you may not be able to work. For more information about studying and working in Britain, please visit the British Council website, or the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
>> more about long stay students

Where is the Lake School?
The Lake School is in the centre of Oxford: 5 minutes' walk from historic Oxford University colleges, Oxford train and bus stations, cafes, pubs, theatres and Oxford's main shopping areas.
Oxford is not a very big city (about 150,000 population, including about 30,000 students.) Lake School homestays are within walking distance or a bus ride away from the school.
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Not found an answer to your question?
Please get in touch, we will be happy to help. The school is open between 8.00 and 17.00, Monday to Thursday and between 8.00 and 16.00 on Fridays.
Call us: +44 (0) 1865 724312
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